ERIC Number: ED265593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-8
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Production Courses: A Survey of Course Content and Structure.
Larson, Mary Strom
To gather input for the development of a two semester basic production course in radio, television, film, and media writing, a survey was sent to 278 college speech departments. Ninety departments responded. The first question dealt with the format for the course. The answers were so varied that the responses were combined into those that covered one, two, three, and four or more terms. One-term courses took many forms. The majority of the two-term courses took the form of one term of radio or audio and one term of television or video. Of the three-term sequences, most offered one term each of radio, television, and film. Responses to other questions showed that (1) most production courses incorporated as much or more lab instruction as lecture instruction, (2) on most campuses the low enrollment class is the norm, (3) 76% of the respondents incorporated no team teaching methods, (4) "Audio in Media" and "Television Production Handbook" were the clear radio and television text favorites, and (5) major projects included simple mix, 30-second spots, 2-minute news, commercials, silent image, visual essay, and interviews. These responses led to the development of a 2-semester, 10-hour sequence production course offered at Northern Illinois University for the first time in the fall of 1986. Each five credit course will incorporate five hours of lecture and six hours of lab weekly. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (71st, Denver, CO, November 7-10, 1985).